UM Hosts 8th Annual Gulf Coast Steinway Society Music Competition

Molly Grace WatkinsASOTA, News

MOBILE, Ala. – Talented solo pianists and instrumentalists are invited to compete in the 8th Annual Gulf Coast Steinway Music Competition to be held at the University of Mobile on Feb. 4, 2023. Winners will receive a $200 cash prize and be invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on June 13, 2023.

Applicants must be residents of the state of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, or be studying with a teacher who is a resident of these states. Competition participants will be students from elementary, middle school, high school and undergraduates from colleges and universities in the five-state region.

The deadline to apply for the competition is Monday, Dec. 12. Applications are online This competition will be held on Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. at University of Mobile’s Martin Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Steinway Society Music Competition

Participants will perform two memorized pieces of contrasting styles. Award winners will be selected on the basis of their performance. 

The Gulf Coast Steinway Society is a non-profit organization formed by the director of piano studies and professor of music in the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile and Steinway Artist, Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, and others. The Gulf Coast Steinway Society is devoted to promoting fine music through education and performance along the Gulf Coast region. The Society collaborates with The Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Steinway Piano Gallery in Spanish Fort. 

To learn more about the University of Mobile and performing arts degrees in the Alabama School of the Arts, visit Prospective students and families are invited to attend a UM Day or schedule a campus visit at, or call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222.

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university with a vision of “Higher Education for a Higher Purpose,” founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions in an environment where they are known.

About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university offering on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For information about the University of Mobile, areas of study, admissions and more, visit, connect with UM on social media @univofmobile, or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

About the Author

Molly Grace Watkins

Molly Grace Watkins is the Content Creator for the Office for Marketing and Public Relations at the University of Mobile. She is a full-time student in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she is pursuing a degree in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Broadcasting. A published author, Molly Grace loves writing and being in front of the camera. She is an active member and volunteer at Cottage Hill Baptist Church. She also enjoys listening to music, going on long walks and driving her friends around in her blue MINI Cooper.